Manchester United are already planning to send more players out on loan in January.
Academy player performance manager Les Cox told the club website: “We’ll plan it out and we’ve identified four or five who might be going out in January.”
Here is a look at a quintet of players who could benefit from loan moves…
Wales international Dylan Levitt has been one half of an excellent midfield partnership at under-23 level with James Garner.
But while Garner is on the verge of the first team, Levitt is behind him in the queue.
A loan switch would be the best way for Levitt to get noticed, and secure a place on pre-season tour next summer, after he was unlucky to miss out this year.
Levitt, 18, is good enough to target a Championship loan and United would learn a lot about him by sending him out to gain experience.
Young goalkeeper Matej Kovar has been one of the under-23s most outstanding players this season.
His performance in the EFL Trophy against Lincoln at the start of the month showed he can stand out to tests from Football League sides, keeping his second clean sheet in the competition.
He needs to be tested and there should be no shortage of interest in the under-23 stopper.
A move to a League One or League Two club on loan would be right for Kovar.
Dutch international Timothy Fosu-Mensah has begun training again after a serious knee injury at Fulham last season.
He needs a total reset and he will need game time. It is unlikely he gets regular football at United.
If Fosu-Mensah is to make it at United, his best chance is as a midfielder.
United need to find a club willing to give him an opportunity to play in the position, whether this be in the Championship or a European side, perhaps in his native Holland.
Talented Spanish talent Arnau Puigmal trained with the United first team at the end of last season.
He has not had a look in since, despite being a regular for the under-23s.
Rather than in midfield, he has been utilised at full-back in recent weeks.
A loan switch would given Puigmal the chance to shine and show that he has made progress over the past year, and help him nail down a permanent position.
Cox says he hopes Chong will seize his first team chances and remain with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team squad.
So far though, Chong hasn’t quite hit the right notes and if his performances do not pick up, then a loan move may be in his interests.
United won’t be short on offers, with clubs in Germany and Holland both enquiring after him in the summer, the MEN reported.
An ideal situation will see Chong stay put and establish himself. But if he needs to take a step back to take two forwards, and try again next season, then United should consider it.
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